Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Never-Ending Hunt for a Clean Potty

Ok so the title of this post may seem peculiar, but if you've ever experienced the torture that is a high blood sugar and a teensy bladder...you will appreciate this post. So in my journey's throughout the city, it seems that I have attempted to use the bathroom in every department store, restaurant, coffee shop, book store...you name it, i've tried it.

Years ago, my Mom and I started a tradition that we still practice today. Whenever we go to a new place we've never been before whether it's a completely new city or simply a new restaurant..we rate the bathroom. After all, us ladies know that a true "powder room" is hard to come by. Once I was diagnosed with T1 this tradition took on a whole new meaning as being diabetic comes with the joys of having to test your urine for ketones, etc. So now that my Mom and I live in different cities, we will report back to each other and when we do get together, we still will go to the bathroom together and giggle as we critique. As far as I'm concerned, this should be a column in the newspaper next to the restaurant reviews, Imagine the countless numbers of diabetics who would benefit from being able to track down a fabulously clean bathroom during a high blood sugar.

So maybe my passion for bathroom rating is a little over-zealous...but when you are constantly battling high blood sugars and frequent urination...a clean bathroom becomes pretty important. I will be honest and say that Starbucks is my go-to-bathroom stop. First of all, if you live in a location which thrives on caffeine..its pretty much guarenteed that there will be a Starbucks on every corner. Secondly, they are usually pretty decent bathrooms...No five star rating, but dang close.

This is just the beginning of some of the quirky traditions that I have incorporated into my T1 lifestyle to take away from some of the aggravation or frusteration that stems from having to pee all the time, needing a private place to take a shot or test one's blood sugar. This has to be my favorite because it never ceases to make me laugh when I get a message from my Mom saying "You aren't going to believe the bathroom I found today!"

P.S. If you have a favorite spot, feel free to comment!


"the most wasted of all days is one without laughter." - e.e. cummings

1 comment:

Hannah said...

This is too funny. My mom used to tell me when I was little that the only reason I ever wanted to go to the bathroom when we were out was to check out the room itself.

As far as good bathrooms I've been in, every Curves I've ever worked out in has had a cute bathroom. Plus, since they know only women are going to use it, it's always stocked with good-smelling soap, lotion, and free feminine products, because hey, you never know.

I also remember being in a restaurant bathroom once that had chalkboards on the stall walls. I though it was an ingenious way of discouraging graffiti and making people feel comfortable. Don't like that swear word that someone wrote on it? There was an eraser tethered to the board as well.